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The Novel As Board Game: Homiletic Identification and Forms of Interactive Narrative

Gregory S. Jackson

in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730438
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730438.013.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Novel As Board Game: Homiletic Identification and Forms of Interactive Narrative

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This article examines homiletic identification, forms of interactive narrative, and the conception of the novel as board game in the U.S.A. during the nineteenth century. It suggests that the success that many homiletic novels enjoyed among religious and secular communities highlights the degree to which allegedly anachronistic allegorical modes of understanding temporal and material details and events continue to structure supposedly secular reading practices. The article also discusses several homiletic novels including Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur.

Keywords: homiletic novels; interactive narrative; U.S.A.; religious communities; secular communities; Louisa May Alcott; Little Women; Lew Wallace; Ben-Hur

Article.  8428 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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